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. >>> best medicine -- teens are using common cough medicines to get high, but tonight, a surprising decision about a possible solution. >>> and top secret -- what we now know was going on in the background in some of the most famous images of the civil rights era. famous images of the civil rights era. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been a huge gulf in american society and in our workforce, especially, what men and women are paid for the same work. tonight, we can report the numbers have moved. though the reason for it isn't good. figures from this year show women earned 83 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn. that's the highest number ever recorded. the bad news is the reason for it. the economy is in such crummy shape, a ton of men have been hard hit and many women in turn have prospered in this economy. still, in terms of women's income and earning power in the u.s., the number represents a victory, a milestone, and it's where we begin tonight with nbc's michelle kosinski. she's in miami beach for us tonight
family says they didn't put up the money and the u.s. government didn't, either. so who really did remains a mystery. katie? >> couric: elizabeth palmer, thank you. alex fattal is the brother of josh fattal, one of the two hikers still being held in iran. alex, what is your reaction to sarah's release? i know all the families are very close. >> yeah. well, we're overjoyed to see her out. she's had a long and difficult detention, 14 months solitary confinement so it's wonderful she is free. of course we wish she was out with josh and shane. >> couric: i know that it's been reported that the iranians asked for $500,000 in bail for her release and that money was deposited in an iranian bank. do you know who paid for this, if money exchanged hands? >> we really don't have any information about that. >> couric: we see josh in this photograph wearing the green t- shirt. have you heard anything from iranian officials about his possible release? >> no, we haven't heard anything about that. the last thing he said to sarah's mother nora when the mothers were leaving iran was "we're all broth
of tea. yesterday's elections in seven states and the district of columbia gave us the biggest day in politics we'll see until the actual november midterms. here are the big winners. in delaware, starting things off, this tiny state making big headlines. the tea party darling, christine o'donnell, captures the republican senate race. new york city, democratic senator char rangel easily fends off the right to seek a 21st term. a big deal, expected to win, but remember he's awaiting an ethics trial back in washington, d.c. also in washington, d.c., the city council chairman vincent gray upset the city mayor, adrian fent any a democratic may oral race and paladino, millionaire from buffalo scores defeating the candidate in the new york republican race for governor. the delaware race, the marquise matchup. tiny state but making big headlines. o'donnell backed pie the tea party and sarah palin's blessen easily turned away a nine-term delaware congressman mike castle for the right to seek the senate's seat job joe biden held for some 36 year. republican leaders until a short time ago see
yellin joining us from dover. a pretty big upset, yes? >> reporter: huge, kyra. huge upset. christine o'donnell was far behind in the polls. had significantly less money and was being gunned for by national republicans and republicans in her own state who are running, running in a campaign essentially against her. she was up against the establishment supported candidate mike castle, nine-term congressman from this state. very well-known. but she surprised everyone and won last night. the big question now is can she go on and win in a general election? this is a state that's heavily democratic and there's news now, kyra, the national republicans have said essentially because they think she cannot win they're not going to pour money into her race. i got a chance to talk to her last night and asked her what she thinks of the fact that the national republicans won't support her. here's a bit of that interview. we've been told this evening gnat national republicans, party organization that often funds campaigns like yours is not going to fund yours and many national republicans said simply y
miklaszewski joins us now. describe his actions that brought him to the recognition of superiors. >> reporter: contessa, sergeant j unta's story leaps off the pages. he joined the army straight out of high school in cedar rapids in the heart of the nation's farm belt and three years ago he was involved in an action, platoon was on patrol about midnight on a bright moonlit night and they were ambushed by taliban fighters. he himself was knocked to the ground knocked in the chest by two enemy bullets and leaped to his feet to run right into the hail of gun fire. throwing grenades and shooting all the way. he found one of the fellow soldiers wounded being dragged away by two taliban fighters. he killed one of those taliban the other taliban made a flight away. and then he temporarily dragged that soldier to safety. unfortunately, that soldier later died and another soldier died in that action but for his heroics, the white house announced last week that sergeant giunta that joined at 18 years old would be awarded the medal of honor in probably late octobe
,000 feet of hoses towards the blast site. >> as close as we can get. there are citizens helping us drag hose. and this is all hands on deck. >> and at 9:00 the following morning, for this san bruno native leaving the scene was almost as difficult as watching neighbors and friends lose their homes and their lives. >> this is probably one of the hardest things he had to do. this is like my family. >> those first crews were so overwhelmed when they got here to this scene that they said they thought the neighborhood would be destroyed and there would be many more lives shot saying what saved them was a team effort many agencies from around the county were among the first responders here and that they're able to work well together to communicate properly. abc 7 news. >> thanks very much. >> the coroner confirmed identity of the fourth victim of the fire 81-year-old elizabeth torres tried -- dried trying to -- died trying to escape her home. >> the national transportation safety board updated its investigation into the pipeline explosion within the past hour. the vice chairman say they have r
to the voters. especially those people who may not have voted for us. going across the city, we'll probably do a series of town hall meetings. >> i believe in civic participation. i believe in giving back to the community. certainly, not in big highly public role but in a way that can help my community, help the government, help out people who need a helping hand. >> gray announced a new website to disseminate information and to solicit ideas. the address is www.buildonecity.com. >>> noouz news4's tracee wilkins talked to voters about gray becoming the new mayor of the district. >> reporter: he has won more than half the city's vote beating out mayor adrian fenty four years after fenty won in every district. despite our differences, i know well that adrian fen shares our commitment to this city. so please join me in applauding and thanking him for his record of service to the people of the dtrict of columbia. >> reporter: fenty, the youngest mayor in d.c. history, started getting resistance from voters oriole in his campaign with many claiming the mayor had become aloof, disconnected. in some
. >>> and saying goodbye to edwin newman, whose brilliant career made us all better. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if there is a lesson from last night, here it is. the tea party is for real, in case anyone had any dots. and within the republican party, you could see some veteran politicians adjusting to that idea after watching a few establishment politicians go down to defeat last night. they were primary elections last night in a number of importa places and races. the message of voter discontent, and the status quo, loud and clear. while that w last night's result, and november is something else entirel lots of people awoke to a new political reality today. but there's a lot of that going around, starting in delaware where our own kelly o'donnell starts us off tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tonight, democrats and tea par supporters are excited about the same big upset here, each believing it can help their separate causes. while republican officials are trying to figure out how to win with a candidate th
in the atlantic this morning. rob marciano is tracking all of them for us this morning. >>> and the a.m. fix blog blog is up and running. there were some elections last night we were talking about. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> a big night for the tea party in the last big primary in the 2010 midterm campaign. the best political team on television will be covering all of the big races for you over the course of the morning. shannon travis, jessica yellin, joe johns, along with michael crowley. christine o'donnell, the candidate backed by the tea party and sarah palin toppled the state's political heavy weight, congressman mike castle. it's a victory o'donnell says is for supporters who challenged the gop mainstream. >> you guys are the visionaries and leaders who made this possible. because you rallied everyday americans outside the political establishment, brought them involved, and created a grass roots network that made all of this possible. >>> the tea party influence is also being felt further north in new hampshire's republican senate primary. there the contest between tea party favored and form
, some crime like that taking place he. >> reporter: police say this man used the internet to befriend a woman whom he later held captive and victimized. >> the person may seem like a nic person on the other end of the phone. if you don't know them, you have to assume that foul play could be involved. >> reporter: accoing to the sheriff, this go back to june. that's when they stay suspect john swan evanset the victim on the dating website eharmony.com. july, they say, he lured her to his house here in south riding. and health her against her will. and sexually assaulted her here. there is fear there could be more vicms. >> in a situation like this, the same as someone has been scammed them don't want the embarrassment of someone being scammedo they don't say anything. that'sow these perpetrators continuing. if anybody is fwam this person, we would lake to hear from them. >> reporter: some advice fom the sheriff. when you go to meet someone for the first time, don't do it at their place or your place. do it in a public place. it's mu safer there. i'm pat collins, news4, loudoun county.
. >>. ♪ september morn >> easy there. good morning, everybody. >> good to have you with us this morning. more fallout from the jets locker room incident over the weekend, players speaking out, clinton portis saying you come to the locker room, basically should expect to be ogled a bit, spoken to hmm. >> lots of debate at lots of dinner tables. also conversation this morning about a couple of new remedies for people with love handles. you would believe you can freeze them off? >> i will try anything. >> we'll talk about that this morning, as well. we begin, though, this morning with politics as the tea party express bowls over more well-known republican candidates in tuesday's primary election. the biggest surprise, the senate primary in delaware. our congressional correspondent nancy cord des is in washington with the latest. nancy, good morning. >> good morning. the most stunning victory yet for the tea party and crushing blow to the republican party leaders who thought vice president biden's former senate seat would be an easy pick-up for them in the fall. not anymore. >> ladies and gentlem
. anderson? >>> this last big primary night is giving us more drama and allow more messages from the tea party to the republican establishment. let's go to the blockbuster you mentioned in delaware. christine o'donnell written off as a french long-shot weeks ago issue republican nominee for senate in the state of delaware for a seat held by joe biden. she is the republican nominee because she defeated the establishment republican candidate. mike castle is a former governor, he yes 1 state-wide 12 times. he lost 47% to christine o'donnell's 53%. can she win in november? and democrats say no way. the general election starts tomorrow. the senate primary, kelly ayotte started out as the establishment favorite, will be all montaigne is a conservative activist and she was the favorite and he is winning at the moment. plus break down the number. another message to the establishment there. 42% for lamont tang, 37% year. close watch this tonight. some big cities to come in. a lot of conservatives say her support for sonia sotomayor could be a big reason her conservative challenger is outpacing he
it. we have details from the family and police. the family tells us dennis dixon was shot in the doorway. his 22-year-old stepson was assaulted and taken to the hospital. you can see paramedics taking the stepson away earlier last night. we are told he lived here with his stepfather and may be released earlier. now you are looking at that video of the. the dills which led up to the shooting are not complete. initially police confirmed this was a home invasion but they may have known each oamplet din miss dixon's mother told us she was told her son pulled up to the apartment before 11:00 last night and exchanged words with one of the suspects which is when the suspects forced themselfs into the apartment and then the shooting happened. dennis dixon's brother told us his daughter woke him up in a panic. >> she just banged on the door and said dad, wake up your brother was murdered. and i ran with my boxers on and i just ran to the door and said 0 lord, no, please don't tell me that. and she said, yes. >> reporter: we nt that police arrived quickly to the scene and arrested t
in washington, thank you. >>> joining us now to talk about the primaries and what happens in november are democrat strategist tonya acker in los angeles and republican strategist dan bartlett in austin, texas. good morning to you both. >> good morning, harry. >> good morning. >> dan, let's talk about this. you got delaware. you got kentucky. you got alaska, utah. one after another after another. are all of the tea party victories good for the republican party? >> well, when you have a situation like with mike castle getting beat in delaware it gives you pause because it's going to be very difficult if not impossible for republicans now to gain that seat in the united states senate. having said that, though, harry, the intensity gap that we are seeing between the two parties this election cycle is mainly being fed by the tea party movement on the republican side so net-net it's still a gain. the prospect of taking over the house of representatives would not happen without this vibrant activity within the tea party so while you have the types of anomalies like we saw last night with mik
last hour or so. we saw convoys drive past us. one woman brought flowers with her. and the fire chief says residents are wearing protective gear and he cannot confirm how many or which families are being let in this evening. for everyone here in the fire zone, it's still more about coping than recovery. bill's claremont house missed total destruction by a matter of feet, upgraded from red to yellow tag, meaning he may repair if he wants to. >> i don't want to move back here. i'm afraid to have my kids playing at that park again. my god. are you kidding me? >> he can walk up to within feet of the front door but is not allowed to go in or get any of the three cars. his insurance company will pay rent on a four bedroom belmont house for six months. he says that should be plenty of time to figure out what he needs from pg&e to make him whole again as they've been promise eyeing started to realize the question what do i need is how can we compensate you for blowing up your neighborhood? and destroying properties and killing your neighbors? and ruining your life? >> audrey's front doo
. >> the u.s. assistant secretary of state says it's possible that the release of sarah shourd is linked to the president's visit to the united nations. >> he will come to the general assembly next week, and if he wants to make a statement, he can bring shane bauer and josh with him. we believe that iran was able to sort through this case, and recognize this is three hikers that crossed the border. we understand that iran has a right to protect the border, and after 15 months it was well overdue. we are happy for sarah's return. >> japan has seen the weakening of the yen, with 15-year highs against the dollar. it's the first time that since 2004 that tokyo has convened into currency markets. the european mission has called france a disgrace on the migrants. hundreds have been released and they have declared protections the way that france is treating these people from bulgaria. >> since august police in france have been dismantling romacamps, the policy has been controversial but today they used unprecedented language to rebuke one of the most powerful states. >> this is a disgrace. >> t
night from all of us here in washington. >> shepard: tea party triumph. tonight, what does it mean for republicans and democrats when we all go to the polls in november? i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. [cheers] >> shepard: the tea party pulls off another upset. >> cheney. >> shepard: and democrats are calling it a game changer. >> i think it's clear that the tea party movement has the upper hand now. >> outside of washington, the republican party has never been more united. >> shepard: tonight, a look ahead to november. plus, they're accused of bullying a girl so brutally she killed herself. now, two teenagers head to court with one suspect facing life in prison. and this hurricane season just became a record breaker. now a new threat to oil rigs in the gulf. but, first from fox this wednesday night, 48 days until the midterm elections and good grief. democrats say they have a super chance to keep control of congress. but of what they call a civil war in the republican party. another tea party favorite sending a more moderate g.o.p. candidate packing last night. analysts sa
the game. >> great. >> and so everybody turns out. >> thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl >>> tonight on "world news," a daughter is free. the american hiker in the arms of her mother. out of prison in iran and speaking, forced to leave her fiance and friend behind. >>> and that crisis on a new tape. the massive california gas explosion. what witnesses thought had happened. >>> a cough syrup crackdown. dr. richard besser explores the way kids are using cough medicine to get high. >>> and what a special delivery. a baby girl, just born to one of the trapped miners in chile. the name they gave her says so much. >>> good evening. for 410 days, a 32-year-old american woman was imprisoned in iran. a hiker charged as a spy while her mother, nora, waited and prayed. well, tonight, sarah shourd is coming home, free. amid questions about her health, and the fate of the young americans left behind. one of them, her fiance. our jim sciutto has traveled to iran eight times and he's been following the hikers' story from the start. jim? >> reporter: well, diane, her detention became a powerful symb
this morning about what happened last night. family members tell us that 57- year-old dennis wayne dixon was shot in the doorway of his apartment, that is the apartment with the light on the porch and his stepson was tied up and beaten. take a look at this. paramedics rushed him to the hospital. we are told the stepson lived here with him and may soon be released from the hospital later this morning. the details which led up to the shooting are not complete yet. initially police confirmed this was a home invasion but the victims and suspects may have known each other. his mother was told her son pulled up to the apartment and exchanged words with the suspects which is when they tried to force themselves into the apartment. that is when dennis dixon was shot in the doorway. we are even hearing the stepson wasn't the only one in the apartment at the time of the shooting. her mother told us her son was a vendor of sorts and had a booth where he sold clothes and dvds out of. she said she could barely understand the bad news. >> she was crying on the phone but i could not understand nothing b
that you would like me to ask him, please email them right now to us at mornings@cbs5.com. >> some amazing stories from those firefighters. anne, thanks very much. anne makovec in san bruno. >>> well, moments after the explosion, a local man grabbed a cell phone and started recording. walter mccaffrey says the blast knocked him off his feet. but after making sure that his family was out of the house, he called 911 and then he grabbed his cell phone and took this video. he was not injured. >>> the coroner has identified a fourth victim. 81-year-old elizabeth torres was home watching the football game on tv when the pipeline blew. torres lived with her daughter, one of her nine children. her son-in-law suffered severe burns trying to rescue her. also among the dead, jackie grieg and her 13-year-old daughter janessa, and jessica morales. the three people still missing are all members of the same family. 50-year-old greg bullis, his 17- year-old son william, and greg's 85-year-old mother lavonne have not been seen or heard from since thursday. san bruno detectives will keep working it as a mis
with washington. let us not forget that the tea party stands for taxed enough already. i think people are very upset with the size of government and they're upset with the spending going on and upset with the direction that the country is heading in. >> the republicans didn't recognize that. it didn't take, you know a political genius to figure out that people were mad as hell and weren't going to take it any more. >> yes, ychris, i do. the republican establishment in washington, yes, i do believe they were taken off stream and i think a lot of the leaders here very comfortable in washington and don't get back to their districts as much and don't travel around the country as much. i've heard, i've seen it and it's not a shock to me. it's a shock to a lot of the people in the building behind me. >> do you feel like you were delivered this huge gift? >> i am not going to count any chickens before they're hatched because i learned a dramatic lesson during the presidential primary in 2008 the voters will have their say and all the predictions can kind of get thrown out the window. ron is doing a v
's a lot of that going around, starting in delaware where our own kelly o'donnell starts us off this evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tonight, democrats and tea party supporters are excited about the big upset here, each believing it can help their causes. while republican officials are trying to figure out how to win with a candidate they did not want. up early to face a rash of national attention and new scrutiny. tea party conservative christine o'donnell defied the republican regulars who openly mocked her. even today, no congratulations from her gop opponent. >> he won't endorse me. >> reporter: her family and friends pause for a prayer as she made the media rounds. >> thank you, thank you. that is an exciting night last night. >> reporter: tea party upsets like hers have triggered a republican party civil war. >> i am perplexed about what's going on with karl rove. >> reporter: karl rove insists republicans will lose the seat because she has said "nutty things." >> if she worked as hard for me as he is against me, then i have no doubt we can win. roit critics cla
. >> anderson, this last big primary night is giving us a lot of drama and messages from the tea party. the block buster in delaware, christine o'donnell written off as a fringe long shot weeks ago, she is your republican nominee for senate for the seat held by the vice president joe biden for 36 years. she is the republican nominee because she defeated the establishment republican candidate. mike castle, he won statewide 12 times. in a republican primary he lost 47% to christine o'donnell's 53%. can she win in november? democrats say no way. a lot of republicans doubt it. the general election starts tomorrow. the new hampshire primary, kelly ayotte, ovide lamontagne. she was the favorite. he is winning in the moment. another message to the establishment, 42% for lamontagne. this is not over yet. big cities to come in. a lot of conservatives say her support for sonia sotomayor could be a reason her conservative challenger is out pacing her. charlie rangel, 20-team house democrat. he had five challengers. this crowded field could be a factor in the results. let's look at the early numbe
manager attacked her. >> i found out that she was living on campaign donations, using them for rent anpersonal expenses while leaving her workers unpaid >> reporter: she found her only hard times actually made her understand voters' anger. >> a lot of people have said that we didn't win the general election. >> reporter: democratic officials are gleeful and called her an ultraright wing extremist. ironically, her supporters used an obama slogan. >> yes we can! >> reporter: a tight race too close to call. former state attorney general, the choice of both the republican establishment and sarah palin against a tea party endorsed conservative activist. on to new york, where the republican nominee for governor is another tea party conservative. real estate developer over the party favorite former favorite rick lazio. rangel beat back several challenges. >> i go back to washington stronger than i have ever been. >> reporter: and back here in delaware, democrats didn't have a primary fight for the senate seat, so chris cooms is the candidate. or donnell who's worked for nonprofit groups is
of the rest of the country, warm and pretty pleasant. >>> octoberfest is almost upon us. but this year, the traditional bavarian celebration of beer is extra special. >> beer is always special. it's the 50th anniversary of the german fair being celebrated in lacrosse, wisconsin. so there will be a special beer served at the party. it's a brand new dark ale created by a local brewery. >> and it will only be served on draft at the octoberfest celebration in lacrosse. it's the worst accent in the world. starting next friday. i tried, though. the ale creator says the taste captures the celebration of germany during this special time of the year. although my accent did not capture the spirit of germany. >> bottoms up, you'll. we'll be right back. >>> world news now weather brought to you by the scooter store. they chose mobility. they chosehe scooter store. and this is the team of mobility experts who made it all happen. ii great news, you've been approved for payment. dr. cruz, i'm calling on behalf ofmarie stanford. and they can make it happen for you. hi, i'm doug harrison, if you're liv
to explain that to us. >> reporter: the cpuc says yes pg&e will be asked to pass along any costs not covered by insurance, to you an me, the customer. that applies to cases of wildfires larger than an acre that burned a billing or home, and it would not apply in the case of this explosion. still, the idea is not going over well in the san bruno neighborhood as people here are just beginning to pick up the pieces after thursday's deadly explosion. the san bruno explosion, pg&e says the $992 million it has in insurance money will likely be enough to cover the cost of repair here, but the agency saw what happened in southern california during the '07 wildfires which ended up costing the utilities there $1 billion. >> pg&e, along with the southern california utilities, have requested that we be allowed to recover costs from wildfires that are not covered by insurance. >> reporter: but opponents say requiring the utilities to cover their own costs helps ensure they will be invested in inspecting and maintaining equipment to minimize risk. >> this is a matter of fundamental safety. >> they kicked
to ask him, email us at mornings@cbs5.com. elizabeth and sydnie? >> anne, thanks very much. anne makovec in san bruno. >>> the coroner's office has identified a fourth victim in the explosion. 81-year-old elizabeth torres, a mother of nine. she lived just yards from the blast site. she was home watching the nfl season opener when that explosion hit. she got trapped inside. >>> victims of the blast were honored at last night's giants game. kids from san bruno baseball league took part in the ceremony. the giants donated $3 from every ticket to the recovery effort. that came out to more than $100,000 total. >>> there is much more coverage of the san bruno explosion on our website including we have raw video, news conferences, the 911 tapes, and some information as well on how you can help. just check out cbs5.com. >>> it is 6:06. let's get another extended look at traffic and weather. >> he anna, people having to use their windshield wipers? >> he nan? >> they haven't turned on the metering lights just yet. it's still 18 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. elsewhere westbound 5
to the two other americans still jailed there? this morning, their mothers join us for a live interview. >>> and zapping the fat. two new devices promise to help give people better-looking bodies without needles, injections, or exercise. can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, september 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. christine o'donnell virtually unknown just a few weeks ago, but this morning she's officially the gop's candidate for the senate seat vacated by joe biden. >> o'donnell is now the sixth tea party candidate to win a race this year. but this morning, some are saying her win could actually be a costly blow to the republican's hopes of reclaiming control of congress in november. why? we'll explain. and we'll talk to christine o'donnell about her victory, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, for the first time, we're hearing from the connecticut doctor who was the o
vasquez on why pg&e says it can't do that. >> it's just red line. >> reporter: livermore mayor showed us. >> amanda: his fire department was able to skirt up. a pipeline underneath vineyards, it is about the only populated area nearby. accord to go a pg&e report from 2009 obtained by cbs5 the utility said it needed to fix this stretch of pipeline calling it the highest-risk pipeline in the bay area. the livermore mayor says he was shocked, he asked pg&e for more specifics but never got an answer today. >> no doubt it's on the south end of the city and it doesn't impact as many people as it would in neighborhoods in san brown oh but by gosh i think our citizens deserve some information from pgee so we know what this means. >> what information have you got. >> the truth is nothing. accord to go the same paperwork they need to replace a four- mile section of pipeline 131 in fremont and call this the second highest risk pipeline in the bay area. the fire chief says he knows it fakes through but he couldn't get any more specifics from pg&e either. >> right now they can't tell us so they are u
federal investigators this morning and joins you now -- and joins us now with this live report. >> reporter: good morning, tori. yes, it's been almost a week since this fireball and explosion and fire here in san bruno. there are still so many questions. the ntsb is out here this morning. we're getting more information about where this investigation is headed. key among the question is how did this start, obviously and why did it burn so long? let's talk about the cause. the ntsb has been asking for anyone to come forward if they smelled gas in the days leading up to the explosion. there have been about 90 e- mails sent to the ntsb. but the ntsb said they only had one person who smelled gas and that was two or three weeks before this happened. if they didn't smell gas, that would be a clue. >> if people smell gas in advance, that suggests a failure, where gas is coming out and people smell it. that's a different kind of failure than a catastrophic failure. that would help us determine the cause of this explosion. that's why that's so crucial to us. >> reporter: there's also the
towards the northwest soon for. now, both storms remain far from the u.s. coast. >>> the mid east peace talks resume in jerusalem this morning. the secretary of state hillary clinton arrived this morning. tuesday's talks were held in egypt. there has been no resolution of construction on the west bank the palestinians say they will walk out if a curb isn't set on construction, due to expire this month. >>> sarah shourd says she is fine, released tuesday after being held in iran over a year now, the spotlight is on her two companions, still behind bars as iranian authorities prepare to try them as spies. joel brown reports. >> reporter: sarah shourd embraced her mother tuesday after a 14-month nightmare in an iranian prison. >> i've been waiting for this moment for a really long time and i'm extremely grateful to be standing here today. >> reporter: shourd was arrested with two other americans in july 2009, hiking in a group along the border of iran and iraq. she was seen here last may during a visit by all three hikers' mothers. her fiance, shane bauer, and their friend josh fattal were
hour before a dramatic capture. >>> and good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us. tea party followers are celebrating a number of major victories this morning. >> candidates backed by that movement dealt a blow to candidates backed by the republican establishment. and the last big primary day before november. in delaware, the tea party-backed christine o'donnell, beat long-time congressman mike castle, who had a lock on the senate race just weeks ago. >> in new york, carl paladino rushed his opponent for governor, rick lazio, who had the gop's backing. >> kelly ayotte, is in a neck and neck fight with ovide lamontagne. >> for details on these and other races, emily schmidt has been tracking the overnight numbers. >> reporter: good morning to you. usually, the day after the primary, we are talking about the matchups set between republicans and democrats. but this morning, it's a different story. it's a difference between the tea party surge and the republican establishment. last night, the tea party pulled off some huge surprises. one of the nation's smallest states is now ho
and all three of us, my dad, frank and i, out of her bed and put her in a wheelchair, wheeled her out as far as we could and the heat was so hot we lifted her up and threw her into our car. >> the three heroes didn't know mary sweeney has a great deal of trouble breathing and it wasn't just fire that could have killed her. >> smoke inhalation could have likely killed my mom. >> so there is the positive story for the day. but, of course, we have the tragic stories as well and here comes some of them. take a look now at the pictures from a short time ago, people being allowed back into their red-tagged homes because they have been deemed to be uninhabitable. people allowed to go back in and see what had been home sweet home just six days ago. meantime the ntsb is expanding its investigation, continuing today into gas control station in the bay area. they were in milpitas yesterday making sure that people in these gas control stations are trained and the equipment is working properly. >> we want to get excruciating detail how the system works, how well the people are trained to work it,
to see how they are coping with the disaster. and a controversy about a political candidate, is he using the fire victims to try to win an election. and you can find continuing coverage including more of those dispatched fire tapes. >>> the california governor's race is turning into a war of tv ads. former president bill clinton endorsed jerry brown today saying brown would make an excellent governor. just yesterday, brown was apologizing to clinton after brown made a joke of clinton's relationship with monica luwinsky. today president clinton made a statement that said, the tough campaign we fought 18 years ago is not relevant. >>> and today jerry released an ad of whitman as pinoccio. >>> and an ad by the teacher's union will not be allowed to be aired. >>> sarah shourd was released from a tyran prison this morning. this -pl cos among questions of her health and her two companions left behind. one of them her fiance. rita williams reports. >> reporter: it's a bittersweet story still with no end. >> i'm extremely grateful, i feel myself i have a huge debt to repay the world for what it'
jailed in teheran, about today's release and what it tells us about the regime. >> brown: then margaret warner interviews former british prime minister and united nations envoy tony blair about the newest round of middle east peace talks. >> i find it hard to see if these two political leader s in this context with an american administration pushing for a deal, if we can't get one, i don't know where we go from there. >> ifill: fred de sam lazaro has the story of a jewish entrepreneur working with palestinians and israelis for both peace and profit. >> brown: susan dentzer of "health affairs" and karen tumulty of the "washington post" sort through the latest give- and-take on health care politics. >> ifill: and we sit down with writer and cartoonist austin kleon for a dose of poetry inspired by newspaper prose. >> what i found out is that i need to treat the newspaper as a blank canvas in order to really come up with a good poem. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: and with the ongoing support of these institutions a
vacation destination. sam will have it all for us. >>> let's get to the stunning election results. jon karl wraps them up from capitol hill. >> reporter: the big story is the staggering upset in delaware. republican leaders were calling christine o'donnell a complete fraud. now, she is the republican nominee for senate. she did it. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we, the people. >> reporter: riding a tea party wave, christine o'donnell pulled off the biggest upset of the year. decisively beating congressman mike castle, the only person republican leaders believe could have won joe biden's senate seat. >> the voters in the republican primary have spoken. and i respect that decision. >> reporter: castle was a moderate pro-abortion rights, pro-gun control republican. o'donnell called him too liberal. and has one big-name republican backing her up. >> hi. this is governmenter sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell on tuesday. >> reporter: listen to what the state party chairman told me just a few days ago. >> i have no doubt whatsoever, that if she were, by some miracle, to be our n
call for secretary clinton. despite all the current fixation over israeli settlements, the u.s. side is saying the talks remain positive and that all the big issues are being discussed. but are not telling us how much sprg being made. vinita? >> we continue to hope for some resolution. simon mcgregor wood in jerusalem, thank you. >>> also from the middle east, american hiker sarah shourd is in oman this morning after her release from that prison in iran. shourd was met by her mother and american diplomats as she stepped off the plane. now the state department is challenging iran to release the two remaining hikers, josh fattal and shane bauer. >>> the u.s. troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. some of those troops are supposed to come home next summer. but is that realistic? martha raddatz visited the top u.s. commander in afghanistan in an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: general david petraeus has visited dozens of combat outposts in his two-plus months here. >> are you interdicting with ground forces? >> reporter: every visit confirms how tough it is to make progres
others will join us. >> gretchen: log on for our after the show show. it's been a busy day here. continue to watch us throughout the day. >> brian: i'm gog take this. >> ladies and gentlemen, the people of delaware have spoken! [applause] no more politics as usual! bill: just about seven weeks ago now, the stage is finally set for november, we saw a big win for the woman you just heard from, christine o'donnell, a virtual unknown until she won the backing from the tea party and then she kwrobgd off long time congressman mike castle who has never lost a race in his home state of delaware. there are numerous story lines this morning. we love these mornings here, hime bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom". how you doing, martha? martha: doing well, bill. it was a big night, almost double the turnout, also a factor here, o'donnell on the gop ticket, she will run for joe biden's seat in delaware. listen to this: >> a lot of people have already said that we can't win the general election. it is the same -- yes we can! >> yes, we can! >> it is the same so-called experts who sai
, with parents and teachers. >> wow. what does that mean? michelle rhee joins us live this hour. >>> the latest on the american hiker just freed from iranian prison and pleaing for the release of her fiancee and friend still jailed in teheran. good afternoon, everyone. andrea mill el is on assignment. primaries sending shock waves through the gop. an establishment pick has gone down in defeat. this time, the tea party candidate christine o'donnell coming out of nowhere to send congressman mike castle packing. the republicans' dream of retaking the senate may be gone, too. "the washington post" managing editor of postpolitics tonight come and also a msnbc contributor and jonathan alter is an analyst and national affairs columnist for "newsweek" magazine and author of "the promi promise." what a night in politics. unbelievable stuff. jonath jonathan, i spoke with the national senatorial committee chairman saying we are behind her, sending her the mass numb $42,000 from the committee. chairman cornyn sending her a check about his pac. what's this all disunity? [ inaudible ] chris, i can't hear jon
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says they will continue to be held in pretrial detention much the u.s. state department called the release. >> the release of sarah shourd demonstrates iranian authorities have the aity to resolve these cases if they choose. iranian authorities made the decision to release sarah shourd. we hope they will make the same decision regarding josh fattal and shane bauer as soon as possible. >> who paid the half million bail for shourd's release is unclear. apparently, it was wired to a bank in oman because of u.s. sanctions against iran. it is also not clear exactly when shourd and her relatives will return to the united states, presumably to the los angeles area where she grew up. one u.s. official is quoted asz saying she will be in oman for at least a day. stay with nbc bay area news for continuing coverage of this developing story. you can also find the latest updates on our website at nbcbayarea.com and you can sign up for breaking news alerts as well. >>> an intense wall of fire, like nothing they have ever seen. that's how the first firefighters on the scene of the san bruno e
by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> thanks for joining us, everyone. breaking news, results coming in and a majorup set already from the last primaries of 2010, a tea party victory that could jeopardize republican chances of winning control of the senate in fall. seven states and the district of columbia holding primaries today. what used to be the final policemen faprelim fair preliminaries, new hampshire, delaware, john king's got an early look at the results. john? >> beginning in delaware, a big tea party upset there, and we're watching, there could be more in the works tonight. christine o'donnell, written off as a fringe tea party candidate, she is your winner tonight for the republican nomination in the state of delaware, and she won convincingly, dae feating a man who won 12 times in delaware, mike castle. only 47% for the establishment candidate, mike cattlstle. christine o'donnell, 53% of the vote, now the republican nominee. tonight, anderson, national republicans tepid about this. democrats say she's out of the mainstream. she will be the tea party and republican candid
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